University of Illinois System

The Information Technology Leadership Team

The University of Illinois Information Technology Leadership Team (UI IT LT) is comprised of the University and System-level CIOs across the University of Illinois System.

  • The group articulates the Information Technology strategic direction for the University of Illinois System, serves as a conduit for identifying areas where enterprise-wide policies and standards should be developed, and fosters the development of these standards.
  • The UI IT LT also reviews, promotes, and sponsors, when applicable, information technology projects that have enterprise-wide impact.
  • As an advisory and coordinating group, UI IT LT makes recommendations on procedures, policies, projects and the University’s strategic technology direction to the President’s Cabinet and Academic Affairs Planning Council. UT IT LT may or may not be directly responsible for implementation of policies, procedures or processes, and individual UI IT LT members may oversee implementation efforts in their own units.
  • The UI IT LT has two working groups: IT LT Strategic Technology Collaborations Subcommittee and Security Working Group.

Relationship Between UI IT LT and University of Illinois System Governance Groups

Each major central IT group led by an individual CIO utilizes a faculty and customer-based IT governance process to identify and prioritize initiatives. Across the System, universities and central IT organizations (ACCC, AITS, Technology Services, ITS) and governance groups, SO’s Information Technology Priorities Committee, and UIC’s IT Governance Council and Administration Governance Committee intersect and collaborate to leverage diverse expertise and university resources and work in concert to support the System's mission. These relationships are depicted in the image.


Subject to the provisions of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Statutes and General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, the UI IT LT responsibilities include the following:

  • Articulate the strategic technology direction of the University. *
  • Identify support and infrastructure issues that are not being adequately addressed. *
  • Evaluate University technology practices against University needs and relevant external benchmarks, for example higher education peers and industry standards.
  • Identify area where enterprise-wide standards should be developed and foster the development of these standards.
  • Develop proposals for addressing infrastructure and operational issues, identify and evaluate alternative approaches (including costs, issues of user support/training, and effectiveness evaluation).
  • Sponsor the implementation of the selected initiatives across the University.
  • Update the University IT policies on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that the UI IT LT reports annual progress related to enterprise-wide activities, such as policies, infrastructure and security.
  • Form and manage working groups as needed to develop, implement, and evaluate technical solutions proposed or approved for specific problems.

*These responsibilities and functions of the UI IT LT (historically referenced as UTMT) were described in a memorandum dated September 8,1995 from the Vice President for Administration to the President.

ITLT Members

Kelly Block
Associate Vice President of Administrative IT Services
(System Offices)

Michael Davis
Chief Technology Officer
(University of Illinois Foundation)

Mairéad Martin
Chief Information Officer
(University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign)

Matt Riley
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer
Univ of Illinois HIPAA Privacy and Security Official
(University of Illinois - Chicago)

Tulio Llosa
Director of IT Operations
Chief Information Officer
(University of Illinois - Springfield)

Casey Arnold
Vice President for Alumni Services
(University of Illinois Alumni Association)

Audrius Polikaitis
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
(University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences)

Ilir Zenku
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology
(University of Illinois Health Affairs)

Working Groups

One of the IT LT responsibilities is to form and manage working groups as needed to develop, implement, and evaluate technical solutions proposed or approved for specific problems. At present, UI IT LT working groups include:

IT LT Strategic Technology Collaborations Subcommittee

ISTCS helps shape the strategic direction for technology services that support enterprise, academic, research, and public engagement initiatives by advising IT LT to excute technology strategies and share information across the University of Illinois System including UIAA and UIF.

Security Working Group

Coordinate response to enterprise-wide computer security incidents. The group will follow procedures as developed by IPSC Council and approved by UI IT LT. The need for this group is to simplify inter-campus communications and collaboration when addressing cross boundary security incidents. One security point of contact is identified from each IT organization at the University with the sole purpose to respond to incidents.


If you have any questions regarding the UI IT LT, please contact Christina Worthington, Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS)